November 28, 2016

Sleigh Ride Christmas Mantel

Sleigh ride Christmas mantel decor with antique snowshoes, toboggan, birch logs and plaid

Hello friends. It's the most wonderful week of the year in blogland- Christmas Home Tour Week! Today, I am participating in a fun blog hop put together by Suzy from Worthing Court with a group of talented bloggers of Christmas Mantels Around America. Please be sure to read to the end of this post to visit all of the beautifully decorated mantel styles. I am excited to see how our decorating styles vary depending on what region we live in.


Sleigh ride Christmas mantel decor with antique snowshoes, toboggan, birch logs and plaid
It is usually a challenge to come up with a new idea of how to decorate our family room mantel. I always aim to have it represent our family in some way. Since we enjoy spending time at our family's cabin in the mountains, that tends to influence my ideas very strongly. This year's mantel idea actually took form last winter when we found this big toboggan on clearance in the after-Christmas sale at TJ Maxx. The red plaid cushion and heirloom quality wood literally called out to me across the store!
Sleigh ride Christmas mantel decor with antique snowshoes, toboggan, birch logs and plaid
We had lots of fun with this very toboggan in the snow last winter and we plan to do so again this year. In fact, if we get a snowstorm before Christmas, I think we just may need to dismantle this mantel. :)
Toboggan fun in the snow
Holiday mantel ideas with toboggan, DIY sleigh ride sign, garland and birch
Above the mantel shelf, we added a pair of antique snowshoes along with a few cut birch logs (all from our favorite place-the Adirondack Mountains of Upstate NY). I then added some garland that we bought at Pottery Barn a couple of years back. This garland was a splurge but it has held up so beautifully and looks so real that it was definitely worth the investment. I intertwined a plaid scarf ribbon that I recently found at Michaels to soften things up. I also added some battery powered twinkle lights because, well, twinkle lights are a Christmas necessity to me.
Christmas mantel with sleigh ride decor on stone fireplace with toboggan, garland and antique snow shoes
Next, I painted the DIY sleigh ride sign on a piece of scrap wood leftover from a sign I made for our upstairs mantel. I will be sharing that mantel later this week in the big Holiday House Walk.
Holiday mantel with birch logs used as candle holders with plaid scarf
Holiday mantel with birch logs used as candle holders with plaid scarf
On the stone hearth, I added a new plaid throw from Pottery Barn to soften things up a bit. The sled pillow is from Wayfair and it just may be my favorite find this holiday season.
Christmas mantel decor with Birch Lane sledding pillow and plaid toboggan
Finally, I couldn't resist one more addition to this mantel display. I think our sweet golden retriever, Dax, completes the picture quite well.
Thanks for stopping by today. I have a lot more holiday decor to share, including the rest of our family room in the Holiday House Walk this Friday. I hope you'll be back! Please be sure to visit my talented blogger friends using the links below.

Decorating styles can vary all over North America. Enjoy visiting these other fabulous blogs to see how they’ve decorated their Christmas mantels in the region where they live!


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22 comments:

  1. Just wonderful, Courtney! I so love your style and always look forward to seeing everything you do. Your mantel is pure perfection in my book! Can I just say that I'm totally jealous that you can get birch logs?!? That isn't something you see a lot of in NC. :( Great job!

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    1. Hi Suzy,

      First off, thank you so much for hosting such a wonderful blog hop and coming up with this great idea. There is a lot of birch at our cabin in the mountains and I almost always brings some home with me. But I know exactly how you feel because I am always jealous of items others have naturally…like magnolia leaves. Thanks again!

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  2. Courtney I am swooning. This is such a gorgeous mantel and love that it reflects your family life. Just beautiful my friend. Happy New Week.
    Hugs,
    Kris

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    1. Thanks so much, Kris. I am so glad that the bulk of my Christmas work is done so I can begin enjoying the season.

      I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family.
      Courtney

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  3. Oh wow, this is stunning courtney. I love it all.

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  4. Courtney this is all just amazing!! It looks like something you would see in a Hallmark movie about a cozy Lodge in the mountains. LOL! Can you tell I've been watching a lot of the Hallmark channel lately? Every detail is truly gorgeous and just so inviting. Well done!

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    1. Thanks so much! And I have been watching my fair share of Hallmark movies too. My favorites all have a cozy mountain lodge. LOL! Thank you for your kind words.

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  5. This looks amazing, Courtney! I always love seeing what you come up with. And Dax makes the perfect model!
    Shelley

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    1. Thanks, Shelley! I don't think Dax enjoyed the hat but the treats made it worth it. :)

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  6. What a great idea to decorate with the snow shoes...and I love your cute dog!
    Merry Christmas, Courtney.
    Mary Ann

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  7. I just love this very cozy mantel! It definitely reminds me of a fancy ski lodge or something! Awesome! :)

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  8. I am in dreamy rustic heaven! So lovely! I have been on the search for an old pair of snow shoes forever! Love hoe you used yours.

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    1. Thank you, Sara! I, too, had been on the hunt for just the right pair of snowshoes. I think I looked at dozens in my travels for just the right pair. As soon as I saw these, I knew they were the ones. Good luck with finding yours.

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  9. This is stunning! Makes me want to install a mantle, even if I don't have a fireplace! Merry Christmas!

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  10. Courtney, your home always feels so warm and cozy to me. Love the snowshoes over your mantel!

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  11. This is so beautiful Courtney! I especially love those snowshoes... not to mention all of those pops of plaid!

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  12. Spectacular, Stunning, warm and cozy mantel! Would you share where you found the earflap hat for Dex?

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  13. Your mantel is so cozy and warm! I want to pull up a seat with a big cup of hot chocolate! Lovely & pinning away! :) Linda

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  14. So beautiful Courtney! Your home looks like it was in a magazine!

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